Learn how to make Whipped Cream perfectly every time with these easy tips! It’s a fresh and fluffy concoction of just 3 ingredients: heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla! 

Enjoy this easy whipped cream on top of a slice of pumpkin pie or a hot cup of Irish Coffee. Customize it with vanilla, almond, or mocha extracts and alter the sweetness to fit your taste or recipe.

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What Cream to Use

Heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream, has more than 30% fat and is the best choice for making whipped cream. It will stand up in peaks and hold up for several hours without melting or losing its shape when piped on top of pies or cakes.

I have found that containers labeled simply “whipping cream” sometimes have lower milk fat and will make a runnier whipped cream, so look for the word “heavy” on the carton if you’re wanting a stiffer result.

Cream in a measuring cup

How to Make Whipped Cream

Make with a Mixer: 

Always start with very cold cream and a chilled bowl.  The colder the cream is the quicker it will whip. With just 2 simple steps you’ll have it whipped up in a jiffy when using an electric mixer.

  1. Place all ingredients in a cold mixing bowl (see recipe below).
  2. Mix on medium for 5 minutes, or until stiff peaks form.

If using a stand mixer, be attentive! Over beating will turn the cream from fluffy peaks to lumpy butter in a matter of seconds if you’re not careful.

Whipped cream in a clear bowl with a spoon

No Mixer? No Problem!

You can make whipped cream without a mixer by whisking or even by shaking in a jar!

To make whipped cream by whisking can take up to 10 mins or more, so stretch those arms and get a good workout in making whipped cream by hand!

  1. Place all ingredients in a chilled mixing bowl (see recipe below).
  2. Whip using a wire whisk until it reaches desired consistency.

Making whipped cream in a jar is a simple activity that can involve the kids too. Pass it around, giving everyone a turn while you introduce them to the magic of food chemistry.

  1. Place all ingredients in a tightly covered jar.
  2. Shake until thick and fluffy.

Be sure to loosen the lid every so often to release the vacuum pressure that will build as bubbles form!

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How to Make Whipped Cream

A fresh and fluffy combination of just 3 ingredients!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chilling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
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  • 1 cup heavy cream chilled
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla optional


  • Place a bowl and beaters into the freezer for 15 minutes.
  • Add ingredients to the bowl and beat on medium for 1 minute. Increase speed to medium high and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
  • Refrigerate unused portion for up to 24 hours.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 115 | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 22mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 19mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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    1. An electric whisk will work great! You’ll want the heavy cream to be really cold, so it can be made right from the fridge. If time allows, place the bowl and the beaters for the whisk in the fridge or freezer for 15 minutes.

  1. This was my first time making whipped cream and I was shocked at how simple it was!! It was also simple to use add-ins like lemon zest or spices. It tasted so much lighter and less oily than store bought whipped cream.5 stars

  2. This Is so good and my kids love whip cream so much more you get when you make it yourself!! GOODBYE STORE BOUGHT WHIPPED CREAM 5 stars

  3. Amazing flavor it was creamy, delicious and the best whip cream I have ever had in my entire life.

  4. tried making this whipped cream, and have never bought whipped cream again !! So so easy and taste so good. Thank you